We are looking for a new Brussels bureau chief to lead our coverage of the European Union. It is a big, important job that requires a versatile, talented correspondent, capable of scrutinizing the workings of Brussels with an outsider’s skeptical eye and an insider’s knowledge and authority.
To many, the European Union is the Frankenstein of democracy. Ungainly, stitched together, lumbering forward with big, clumsy feet, unsure of who it is or why it exists. To others, it is our era’s most ambitious experiment in Western democracy – an effort to subdue nationalism and create an economic and political superpower by binding together nations that have spent centuries at war.
As the Times expands globally, covering Brussels is critical. The E.U. is already exerting itself as a global regulator of Google, Apple and Facebook, among many others. It is a geopolitical player on Iran, North Korea, Russia and China. It is already engaged in a teeth-gritted relationship with the Trump Administration. It is a sprawling bureaucracy. It is a club of nations led by important, colorful personalities: Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Victor Orban, to name a few.
We want someone comfortable in covering government, who can see the big storylines without getting lost in the weeds, someone with an eye for features yet who will dig into the excesses of Brussels and write tough, hard-hitting investigations about lobbying and other issues.
Knowledge of a language or two, particularly French and/or German, is a good thing but not a requirement. This person will be working with Steven Erlanger, our Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, who recently moved to Brussels and will roam Europe to write about foreign policy, diplomacy and politics.
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